Possible salmonella outbreak triggers recall of 91000 pounds of

Andrew Cummings
November 18, 2018

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture knows more about the turkey products implicated in this outbreak than it is disclosing to the media or the American people", wrote Sarah Sorscher, CSPI's deputy director of regulatory affairs.

Approximately 91,388 pounds of Jennie-O raw ground turkey products have been recalled after they were found to possibly be associated with a recent salmonella outbreak that has resulted in at least one death and more than 160 illness across 35 states.

Jennie-O Turkey is recalling the ground turkey products due to an illness outbreak.

"The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys", the CDC said in a statement on their website. The USDA has said more product recalls from different companies could follow.

The recalled items include one-pound packages of Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean, Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey, Ground Turkey 85% Lean and Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey.

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CDC, FSIS and the Arizona Department of Health Services, have been conducting traceback activities for a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey in an intact, unopened package from a case-patient's home.

The strain is present in live turkeys as well as numerous raw turkey products, including food for humans and pets, which the CDC notes could mean the strain is widespread throughout the entire turkey industry. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one".

The CDC says signs of illness from salmonella can include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Instead, the USDA says consumers should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

However, Consumer Reports said it is not looking for people to go "cold turkey" on the popular Thanksgiving poultry so long as people are careful cooking and handling the turkeys. Most people infected with the bacteria recover within a week without treatment, but serious cases may require hospitalizations for invasive infections, such as meningitis and bloodstream infections.

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